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An interesting item in California Assemblyman Tony Mendoza's budget in 2010 - nearly $800 reportedly paid out for Mastery in Mental Transformati0n (MITT) training reportedly for Mr. Mendoza's campaign manager.
California Assemblyman Tony Mendoza
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RivPE: Donors’ dollars spent in odd ways
CAMPAIGNS: Despite new rules, state lawmakers’ expenses often appear unrelated to being elected.
11:15 PM PDT on Sunday, April 4, 2010
By JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO – California legislators last year spent more than $1 million in campaign donations on hotels, overseas travel, meals at upscale restaurants and other expenses seemingly unrelated to running for office, according to year-end finance reports filed recently.
California prohibits spending campaign money for personal use. But state law gives lawmakers wide latitude about how they use their campaign contributions, requiring only that the expense be “reasonably related” to a political, legislative or governmental purpose.
A Press-Enterprise review of legislators’ filings found that many have only vague descriptions of expenses or nothing at all, despite efforts by the state’s campaign-finance watchdog to improve the transparency of how politicians spend the millions of dollars they collect from businesses, unions and other donors.
New ways of thinking: Assemblyman Tony Mendoza’s campaign account paid $795 to Mastery in Transformational Training, a Marina del Rey company which promises that program participants will “embrace a newfound sense of self-respect and self-love.”
A spokeswoman said the money paid for leadership training for Mendoza’s campaign manager